Why Are Koreans So Good at Overwatch?

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

There are a lot of great things about Blizzard's multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch. Its massive roster of heroes lets players play in any number of ways, and the game is constantly expanding with new characters and maps.

But what really makes it stand out from other esports is its incredible teamwork. The best Overwatch teams work together to achieve an objective, and the success of a single hero can make or break a team. This requires the team to be balanced—if it's got one tank or a group of support heroes that can't do damage per second, they'll have much more trouble bringing their opponent down than if they're well-rounded and working as a unit.

And that's why a lot of people are asking: "Why are Koreans so good at overwatch?"

It's no secret that South Korea is home to some of the world's top Overwatch players. The league's biggest teams like the New York Excelsior and London Spitfire feature full rosters of 100% Korean players.

But there are plenty of other factors that contribute to their skill level, too. The disciplined culture in the country helps, with a focus on education and high standards for behavior. That's why the esports organizations that house them don't just focus on in-game performance, but also manage the mental and physical wellness of their athletes.

It's an approach that appears to be paying off, as Korean teams dominate the Overwatch League. Just take a look at this amazing video of Kwon "Striker" Nam-joo's Tracer play in a match that ended with Damwon Gaming bringing an end to two years of Chinese dominance.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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